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Power rankings: Vic Carucci ranks all 32 NFL teams

(Last week in parenthesis)

1. New England. Pats do familiar plug-n-play with Jonas Gray. (1)

2. Arizona. With a win at Seattle, Cards can put an exclamation point on their perch atop the NFC. (2)

3. Green Bay. How’s this for quick work? Packers outscoring opponents, 208-95, in the first half. (5)

4. Dallas. With three games in 12 days, Tony Romo’s back will be put to a serious test. (7)

5. Denver. Peyton suddenly looks pretty ordinary. (3)

6. Indianapolis. Rebound opportunity vs. Jaguars awaits. (6)

7. Philadelphia. So which is the real Mark Sanchez? The answer should reveal itself soon. (4)

8. Seattle. Recovering that lost wallet was nice, Marshawn, but hitting the mute button with the media is still going to cost you. (8)

9. Detroit. These guys will find out just how legit they are after today’s visit to Foxboro. (9)

10. Miami. Dolphins’ D should give the Broncos all they can handle. (11)

11. Pittsburgh. Taking a late-season breather for a challenging stretch run. (13)

12. Cleveland. Josh Gordon’s return should provide a huge spark. (10)

13. Kansas City. Will be hard to live down becoming the Raiders’ first victim in 17 games. (12)

14. Buffalo. Snow forces Bills to shuffle off to Detroit for a ‘home’ game. (14)

15. New Orleans. This team is looking too beat-up and worn down to make a run even in lousy NFC South. (15)

16. Houston. Is there a better player in the league than J.J. Watt? (23).

17. San Diego. Philip Rivers toughing his way through. (17)

18. Cincinnati. Andy Dalton made it look easy vs. Saints, but the Texans present a much tougher challenge. (18)

19. Baltimore. Rested Ravens want to spoil another home game for Saints. (19)

20. San Francisco. Niners should be able to make it two in a row vs. Redskins. (20)

21. Minnesota. Vikings insist they aren’t intimidated by Packers, but now they have to prove it. (21)

22. St. Louis. Rams have served notice that they won’t roll over for anyone. (22)

23. Washington. Jay Gruden on RGIII criticism: Never mind. (16)

24. Atlanta. Going to be difficult to make it three wins in a row vs. Browns. (27)

25. N.Y. Giants. Eli Manning can do plenty to shake off five-INT performance with big game vs. Cowboys. (25)

26. N.Y. Jets. Michael Vick out to atone for three-turnover outing vs. Bills last month. (29)

27. Carolina. Panthers have extra week to ponder all that has gone wrong with their season. (24)

28. Tennessee. Even in defeat, Zach Mettenberger shows progress. (28)

29. Jacksonville. Jaguars fortunate to get some rest before taking on angry Colts. (29)

30. Chicago. Maybe players-only meeting was just what the Bears’ defense needed. (31)

31. Tampa Bay. After beating up on the Redskins, Lovie Smith gets a crack at this old team. (31)

32. Oakland. Finally, the misery comes to an end. (32)

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